Factory Farm Nation

2015 Edition From Food & Water Watch Manure from factory farms poses a significant risk to communities and the environment. According to the EPA, agriculture remains a major source of water pollution. And according to the GAO, “manure and wastewater from animal feeding operations … Continue reading

Confronting Climate Change in New Mexico

Action needed today to prepare the state for a hotter, drier future by the Union of Concerned Scientists New Mexico’s climate is getting hotter and drier, driven by regional and global warming trends. This means earlier springs, hotter summers, and less predictable winters. … Continue reading

Red Dust – Contamination in Northern New Mexico

A Soil Scientist’s Journey Through the Political Climate and Environmental Chemistry of Northern New Mexico by Morgan Drewniany Experiments were performed to investigate the presence of health-threatening contamination in the soils of a food producing community garden in the Pueblos … Continue reading

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Mt. Taylor and the Roca Honda Mine

A Nasty Record of Devastation By Journal Staff on Sun, Jul 7, 2013 Don’t let Strathmore Minerals Mine Uranium in N.M. By Candace Head-Dylla In a June 22 op-ed column published in the Journal, John DeJoia of Strathmore Minerals refers … Continue reading

Ionizing Radiation and Health

Red, blue and yellow light are low energy forms of radiation. Ionizing radiation, however, damages health because of its very high energy. In delicate living cells, ionizing radiation damages molecules by knocking electrons out of their atomic orbits. Usually–but not … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Jim Madrid Tells of Witnessing the Trinity Test

Jim Madrid was interviewed by Olivia Fermi, granddaughter of Enrico Fermi, on the 65th anniversary of the Trinity atomic bomb test. Both the picture and the interview are copyrighted by her, originally published at http://neutrontrail.com/2010/07/trinity-atomic-bomb-blast-a-first-hand-account/ I’m here now in Tularosa, New Mexico … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Geneal Anderson, Chairperson of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

You’d look to the west and there would be pink. Sometimes the sun was red. I remember that, but not knowing what was happening, not knowing about the testing going on in Nevada. I was a kid, born in 1952. … Continue reading

Downwinders Interviews: Alden Roberts

Alden Roberts, the father of seven children, was a schoolteacher and an outdoorsman who followed the Mormon “Word of Wisdom” all his life: no smoking, no drinking, no caffeine. His family raised their own food in their garden. “We had … Continue reading

“Downwinders” Interviews: Israel Martinez, Uranium Miner

Israel Martinez worked for United Nuclear Partners as a motor man at section 23 in the Grants Mineral Belt, New Mexico. He also worked at section 25, mining uranium underground for five years from May 17, 1977 until June 1982. … Continue reading

Living with the Homestake Uranium Tailings Pile

The Homestake-Barrick Gold 90-foot tailing pile looms over some 75 households. It is composed of two unlined piles holding about 22 million tons of processed uranium ore and covers 255 acres. These households are stuck with homes they can’t sell … Continue reading